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Amid Layoffs, PG&E Announces New GC

By David Ruiz |

John Simon takes on his new GC role effective March 1, adding to his current corporate and human resources responsibilities.

Sanford Wadler.

Ex-GC Takes Bio-Rad to Trial, Claims He Was Fired for Reporting FCPA Breaches

By Ross Todd |

The company's lead defense lawyer told jurors Tuesday that Sanford Wadler was an "FCPA slacker" who first failed to prevent violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act and then raised claims that were discredited after review.

IRS Probe of Bitcoin Accounts Sparks Legal Showdown

By Ross Todd |

In what looks like the first major tax fight involving digital currency, San Francisco's Coinbase is fighting an IRS subpoena that seeks information on every transaction conducted by U.S. customers over three years.

How Out-of-State Schools Fared on California Bar Exam

By Cheryl Miller |

Newly released data for California's July 2016 bar exam reveal a strong performance from graduates of most top-tier, out-of-state law schools, while pass rates for students from other programs fell behind.

Judge Harold Kahn, San Francisco Superior Court

Cisco Loses Bid to Arbitrate Age Bias Suit

By Ben Hancock |

San Francisco Judge Harold Kahn said the company's arbitration clause was both unfair and inconspicuous.

Jeff Randall.

K&L Gates Loses IP Practice Leader in California

By Lizzy McLellan |

Jeffrey Randall, the co-head of the IP litigation group at K&L Gates, has left the firm a little over a year after joining its Silicon Valley office from Paul Hastings. His departure marks the latest in a series of notable partner-level defections from the firm in recent months.

Rejecting Apple's 'Shopping Mall' Defense, Panel OKs App Store Antitrust Suit

By Ben Hancock |

Consumers have standing to sue Apple over App Store pricing, a unanimous Ninth Circuit panel ruled Thursday.

Richard Heimann of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Firms Tapped to Lead Wells Fargo Derivative Suits

By Ben Hancock |

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and Saxena White will lead litigation in the Northern District of California stemming from the bank's fake accounts scandal.

Justice Goodwin Liu, California State Supreme Court

Goodwin Liu Makes Case for Liberal Dissent

By Ben Hancock |

Speaking last week at UC-Hastings, the California Supreme Court justice posited that state courts can stray from the U.S. Supreme Court on foundational legal principles.

Marilyn Martin-Culver.

Manatt Phelps Partner Leaves to Hang New Shingle at SoCal Shop

By Rebecca Cohen |

Marilyn Martin-Culver, a business litigation partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in Costa Mesa, California, recently left the firm to become a name partner at Robertson & Culver in nearby Irvine. The firm, now known as Robertson & Olsen, recently saw a name partner depart.

Viewpoint: Judicial Council's Wrong-Headed Approach to Driver's License Suspensions

By Brandon Greene and Stephen Bingham |

In an op-ed, two public interest lawyers call for the Judicial Council to embrace alternatives to license suspensions as a debt collection tool.

Judge Kathleen O'Malley United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

DNA Sequencing Rivals Take Injunction Fight to Federal Circuit

By Scott Graham |

Judge Kathleen O'Malley seemed inclined at a hearing Thursday to uphold an injunction blocking Qiagen N.V. from selling its GeneReader devices in the United States.

Vaughn Walker

Taking on Industry Critics, Vaughn Walker Says Litigation Finance Won't Drive 'Spurious Litigation'

By Ben Hancock |

The retired federal judge has no qualms about his role as an adviser to Bentham IMF and takes issue with pushback from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Marijuana.

California Regulators Want to Open Doors for Marijuana Tax Payments

By Cheryl Miller |

Newly introduced legislation would expand the number of government offices where cannabis business owners can pay state fees and taxes, a nod to the safety issues inherent in what largely remains an all-cash industry. One big problem for marijuana business is that most banks and credit unions balk at handling marijuana business receipts, fearful of punishment from federal regulators.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder

Mark Zuckerberg Testifies in Dallas IP Case, Defends Facebook-Oculus Deal

By John Council |

Zuckerberg insisted that Facebook's 2014 purchase of the virtual reality developer Oculus wasn't tainted by stolen technology.

Richard Kuhns, professor emeritus, Washington University (St. Louis) School of Law.

2 Cases That Shine a Light on Judge Henderson's Legacy

By Richard Kuhns |

An op-ed by Richard Kuhns, the author of a recently published Henderson biography, about two of the judge's seminal decisions.

Oracle's headquarters in Readwood Shores, CA

With Oracle Bias Suit, Tech Firms Feel Labor Dept.'s Unwelcome Gaze

By Ben Hancock |

The perception there's more heat on Silicon Valley comes as large tech companies have become big federal contractors.

Kathleen Russell and Joseph Sweeney

Viewpoint: How Persky Case Shows the Need for More Data on Judicial Decision-Making

By Kathleen Russell and Joseph Sweeney |

An op-ed from two judicial watchdogs claims that the Stanford rape case demonstrates the need for more information, not more judicial independence.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt testifies Wednesday in the U.S. Senate at his hearing on his nomination to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Scott Pruitt's the Talk at Hearings in California, D.C.

By Cheryl Miller |

As Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defended his record Wednesday in Washington, lawmakers in California raised new concerns about potential clashes over regulatory policies.

Sanford Wadler.

Ousted GC Details ‘Paper-Only’ Compliance Program at Bio-Rad in Whistleblower Trial

By David Ruiz |

Bio-Rad executives were disinterested in conducting robust training in the Federal Corrupt Practices Act and shut down his efforts to report suspected violations, Sanford Wadler testified Wednesday in his whistleblower retaliation trial.